Greyhounds: Final of the Tyrur McGuigan Open 575
Published 05/02/2011 | 05:00
Sparks should fly at Shelbourne tonight when a host of our leading trackers will attempt to put down their markers for the majors ahead.
It is a top-class programme with the final of the Tyrur McGuigan Open 575 backed up by the semis of the Joe Dunne Memorial Puppy Stake.
Some of the Open contests will pose problems for punters, with the presence of some top racers having their first run of the campaign. But the Tyrur finalists are all well tuned and Liam Dowling's kennels will surely have a huge role.
Dowling has three of the six finalists and in General Dogsbody he has the favourite. This son of Tyrur Lomu has taken to Shelbourne like a duck to water and the long run to the bend plays to his strengths. He should win the race to the bend and it is extremely difficult to overhaul this strong stayer, as main market rival De Ex Factor found last week.
Don't be surprised if sponsor PJ Fahy's Tyrur Lucky runs a big race from trap six. But one has to fancy General Dogsbody.
Tyrur Fergie has been withdrawn injured from the second of the Joe Dunne Memorial semis, which Melodys Royal can dominate. The first is more open but Boxie is capable of stepping up on last week's running and gets the vote.
Tyrur Valdez appeals in the concluding Open 575, while Tyrur Domingo is well up to winning the Tyrur Consolation.
At Limerick, Ballymac Lefanta can remain unbeaten in the Vetsearch International Kennedy Cup. Oakfront Aga is put forward as the best option in the heats of the Guinness Trophy at Curraheen Park.
The semi-finals of the Alfie McLean Open 550 will be run at Lifford tomorrow and Larry Dunne is set for a "Slippery" double, while Cooladerry Fizz looks nailed on for the Open 750 final at Clonmel.
5pts General Dogsbody 10.0 Shel Pk
3pts Tyrur Valdez 10.30 Shel Pk